#CIJVacation – Taos, New Mexico, USA With LilacHouseFlorals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Stacey from LilacHouseFlorals

Taos, New Mexico, USA

Taos, New Mexico, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

One of my all time favorite vacation destinations is Taos, New Mexico located in the southwestern United States. I love the big, blue skies and the beautiful western scenery.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

 If you ever have the chance to visit, you should make time to tour the Taos Pueblo and go to the Rio Grande Gorge (maybe even go on a white water rafting tour). Also, it is fun to tour the many art studios on the Taos Square. If it is winter, the Taos ski valley is close by.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Taos is famous for it’s beautiful southwestern landscapes. You can see the tallest mountain in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak, from the town. It is known as an artists colony and people come from all over to paint the New Mexico sky.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

The chile rellenos at the Taos Inn are delicious!

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

We used to visit Taos almost every year but our life is pretty hectic right now so we haven’t been in a while. I hope to get back soon!

6. What are your social media sites?

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lilachouseflorals/?hl=en
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/LHFlorals/

#CIJVacation – Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia With alustrousjewellery

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with JO from alustrousjewellery

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My favourite local vacation destination is Mount Tamborine it is located in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. We have been there many times and it is beautiful, it has great natural scenery and lovely gift shops and cafes.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Worth visiting is Curtis Falls, Mount Tamborine Botanical Gardens and at the showgrounds on the second Sunday of the month they have a great local market.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Mount Tamborine is a rain forest area with waterfalls and also great views down to the city of the Gold Coast, it is part of the scenic rim of Queensland.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Eating spots, one of the best is Eagles Heights Hotel, great food, good prices and all with a view.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

We have been many times and we will go again, some times we go for a day, some times for a weekend as it’s quite close to where we live and yet it feels like a world away.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alustrousjewellery

Instagram: www.instagram.com/alustrousjewellery

Pinterest: au.pinterest.com/joalustrous

Twitter: twitter.com/joalutrousjewel

#CIJVacation – Florida Keys, Florida, USA With 3DesignDimensions

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Deborah Ruggiero from 3DesignDimensions

Florida Keys, Florida, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

I’m a landscape artist by trade, jewelry maker by hobby and avid, deep sea fisher “lady” enthusiast by sport! “One if by land 2 if by sea”! My favorite vacation is driving down to the Florida Keys, the southern-most part of this great country. The Keys are small islands surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west. The quaint, laid-back atmosphere creates a year-round vacation setting, away from the hustle and bustle. The air is different and super clean thanks to the cross winds over the crystal clear waters surrounding the islands.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

A ride on a glass bottom boat is a must for all visitors. It’s a fascinating view into another world with beautiful reefs, exotic looking fish and multi colored corals. The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is a beautiful place to visit. The evening sunset party in Key West on Duval Street happens 365 eves a year and sets the mood for the evening till dawn festivities. Throughout the Keys are intriguing little boutiques and shipwreck shops but my favorite place is the Rain Barrel, a great spot comprised of a group of local artists showing their wares. I never miss it or leave empty handed!

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

The Florida Keys are known as the fishing capital of the world and there is always a fishing tournament going on someplace. Most of the Keys are still left wild with undeveloped area landscapes of native Florida trees and plants. Bird life is abundant and two of the rarest butterflies make the Keys their home. The vistas are beautiful as you cross the countless bridges and the endless sky is a beautiful clear blue. Diving or snorkeling John Pennekamp, Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is a perfect place to swim among the fishes, down in Tavernier, Harry Harris Park is the perfect place to explore trails and fish for the illusive Bonefish…catch and release…naturally.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

For the foodies, there really isn’t anyplace where the freshest fish is not served. For me, breakfast begins at “Harriet’s” for the best pile of pancakes ever. Some other places to eat and enjoy are “Snappers”, “Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen” and the “LoriLei”. The best part of the Keys is there is always a party going on if that’s what you’re looking for. Personally, coming from Miami Beach…the “25 / 7” party city, I love the relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and fabulous fishing.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

I’m always escaping to the Keys…close enough to go fishing for just the day! It’s the favorite spot of my entire family and we head down at least once a month. The natural beauty, relaxing atmosphere, fabulous food and fun-filled days keep us all going back for more!

6. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/deborahdd3

Twitter: twitter.com/DeborahPvi73

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ruggierodeborah/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DebRuggiero

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeborahDesigns3/?pnref=lhc

Polyvore: deborah-ruggiero.polyvore.com/

Summer Supplies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Supplies are the beginning to summer time creative moments!

Etsy Christmas In July team members are sharing their summer supplies with us! Seize the inspiration!

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Flowers are everywhere in summer! I love bringing in the flowers for vases this time of year. This printable paper pack is just cheerful, colorful and useful for creating summer greeting cards or scrap booking those summer events.

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I love summer time, the warmth, flowers and having some time off to relax. I have these journal cards which are summery colours. They can be used for anything paper crafty including scrapbooking, journaling, card making or other crafts!

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

These hearts are so versatile. As a teacher, I used to hand out paper heart cut outs to students at the end of the day, with little messages written on the back for each student. Customers have purchased these 2-inch single-sided hearts for table scatter or to add to greeting cards. And they’re always practical for scrapbooking.

StockLanePaper

StockLanePaper

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

One of my favorite Summer Supply is this fun Fruit Ribbon. I use it on gifts for those with summer birthdays and also to make a summer meal more festive by wrapping around the bowls filled with summer fruits. I also used a bright yellow or lime green table cloth and wrapped this fun ribbon around the table with a bow to give the table a festive fun summer look.

ThisandThatCrafter

ThisandThatCrafter

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Summer is such a great time for outdoor entertaining! Colorful decorations will enhance the ambiance of dining in the garden. Our new “Jungle Flower Table Runner” pattern features colorful flowers to create a vibrant setting for your next dinner party. This project is easy to make using your choice of colorful fabrics.

Happy quilting!

MsPDesignsUSA

MsPDesignsUSA

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

Everyone loves to go to the beach or dreams of a vacation to a tropical paradise! This little button can be used in sewing, jewelry making or other crafts to enhance a summer vacation inspired design.

beadloverskorner

beadloverskorner

#CIJVacation – Estes Park, Colorado, USA With ShellysSelectSalvage

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage

Estes Park, Colorado, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My husband and I have a goal to visit all US 50 states by the time we are 50. So far we have 27 and will have over 30 by the end of this year. So far, my favorite place has been Estes Park, Colorado USA. I love the mountains, Mary’s Lake, the elk, and the beautiful night sky.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

The roaming elk, lake, mountains, and the peak to peak route.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Beautiful mountain terrain, lots of hiking trails, lake activities, small town with quaint boutique shops.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

We had a condo and went to the local grocery store to make all our meals and drinks.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

Only once, but I am excited to return.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shellysselectsalvages

Instagram: instagram.com/shellyssalvages

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/shellyssalvages/

Twitter: twitter.com/ShellysSalvages

#CIJVacation – Corfu, Greece With DorothyLollipopKnits

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Dorothy Lollipop from DorothyLollipopKnits

Corfu Greece

Corfu Greece

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My best & most recent holiday destination was Corfu. We visited in May, at the very beginning of the holiday season. We had a beautifully quiet and gorgeously sunny holiday. Lots of lazing around the pool, peaceful walks along the beach and plenty of time for knitting!

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Amazing scenery, great beach-side restaurants & Corfu Town, itself for the markets and night-life.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

The coastline is lovely and the mountains are very dramatic too.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Best fish restaurants are right on the edge of the beach.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

We have been to Corfu twice and will definitely go again!

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DorothyLollipopKnits
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/DorothyLollipopKnits
Twitter: twitter.com/DorothyLollipop
Instagram: www.instagram.com/dorothylollipop
Email: www.dorothy.lollipop@yahoo.co.uk

#CIJVacation – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA With WiReDBoutique

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Pam from WiReDBoutique

Louisiana, USA

Louisiana, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

Traveling is my weakness, and I love finding new places. While I’ve been to Mexico, Germany and France along with lots and lots of places in the U.S., I’m still a southern girl at heart and Louisiana trips always stand out. Recently I took a bicycling trip just northwest of New Orleans. I was able to visit my aunt and cousins who live in New Orleans, too.

After we left the Garden District in New Orleans, we bicycled through White Castle, Donaldsonville, Darrow and Napoleonville. We stayed in beautiful and majestic plantations. We traveled on small roads through gorgeous scenery and historic cemeteries. Right before our trip, Louisiana had experienced some flooding due to heavy rains. While this didn’t interfere with our biking, it did make some of the countryside even more interesting.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Besides the above-ground cemeteries that are rich with history, the plantations in this region are numerous. Some have been abandoned and those bring their own sense of wonder. We bicycled along the Mississippi River for a stretch and I loved watching the gigantic container ships and barges.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

I wish I could set out just one or even two customs, traditions or geography but there are so many. Since this part of the state is below sea level, a lot of the back roads have swampy areas on the sides. The bayous that we visited were amazing. At one point, we rode on a boat and saw several alligators.

The customs of the locals we encountered along the way were long and plentiful, and unbelievably amazing. Many of the plantations we stayed overnight with had museums or local museums were nearby. We were there early in the sugar cane season, so these plants were only about 1 feet high.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Eating and drinking in Louisiana is not just something you do; it’s part of the culture. We never ate better than we did during our trip. Everywhere we ventured, the food was incredible – spicy, textured, and usually involved shrimp. One of our favorites was Stella’s Kitchen in Napoleonville, Louisiana. We would order variations of gumbo, crab cakes and Etoufee to share because it was all so good.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

I have been to New Orleans lots of times to visit my aunt and cousins that live there. But this was my first time bicycling across Louisiana. I would definitely want to do something like this again. Time seemed to slow down during this trip. I loved that we were out of the big city and rubbing shoulders with small-town locals.

6. What are your social media sites?

Etsy: www.wiredboutique.etsy.com
Website: www.wiredboutique.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/wiredboutique
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wiredboutique
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/wiredboutique